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Lunar Society to launch economic review of region alongside devolution campaign

Lunar Society to launch economic review of region alongside devolution campaign

🕔21.Jan 2015

The first Think Birmingham event of election year takes place next week, as the pressure continues on the national parties to put fiscal devolution at the centre of their manifestos and on local politicians to seal the deal on a Combined Authority, writes Kevin Johnson. 

BPS Birmingham is hosting the latest in a series of events with a Breakfast Briefing at the offices of Squire Patton Boggs in the heart of the Colmore Business District on Wednesday, 28th January.

The Think Birmingham campaign is also working to encourage the local authorities in establishing a Combined Authority, an important stepping stone to securing more powers and budgets from Whitehall.

In addition to hearing about the latest devolution developments, the event will see the launch a major economic review commissioned by The Lunar Society to be led by BPS Birmingham patron Aston Business School.

The event will be addressed by Andrew Carter, Acting Chief Executive of Centre for Cities. The think tank has been a key player in developing cities policies and is behind the Think Cities campaigns across the major cities. The Centre launched its annual Cities Outlook study earlier this week.

The Lunar Society is working with Aston Business School to develop a fact-based set of policy prescriptions and recommended organisational structures and processes that will accelerate economic growth, enhance the appeal of the region to its own talented workforce and outside workers and enterprises and raise personal welfare. The Economic Review project is being led by the Dean, George Fieger; Professor Mark Hart and well known Aston academic Professor David Bailey. Lunar Society Chair Waheed Saleem and David Bailey will explain the aims of the Review and how it will work over the next twelve months.

The BPS Breakfast Briefing will be hosted by BPS chair and Shoosmiths Partner Alex Bishop.

7.30am-9.00am, Wednesday 28th January 2015, Squire Patton Boggs, Rutland House, Birmingham, B3 2JQ. Places at the event are free of charge, but booking is essential. More details can be found at: http://www.birminghamleaders.co.uk/events/breakfast-briefing-2/

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